Originally Posted by FrenchBern
Thanks LI Pets, I looked at Pizza Chop's order form and he ordered #11 axles downrated to 3600lbs. I would have to cut the frame 8 times to fit these axles in exactly same place and they will not derate to 3200 pounds for me. ... That's why I would appreciate someone who did get close to what I want, to tell me their axle serial number. Dexter say they could look it up and verify my numbers against it.
I have not ordered any Dexter axles and have no experience or Dexter order form to share with you. However, I have read your and others' posts in this thread and offer the following to perhaps alleviate or maybe reduce some of your confusion (which has me confused too).
Dexter Torflex axles come in two sizes you are considering:
#10 covers Torflex axles rated from 2,300 lbs to 3,500 lbs.
#11 covers Torflex axles rated from 4,000 lbs to 6,000 lbs.
Notice there is a 500 pound gap between the 3,500 lb. upper limit of the #10 axle and the 4,000 lb. lower limit of the #11 axle.
You state Pizza Chop purchased #11 axles downrated to 3,600 lbs, which falls within this 500 lb. gap. It seems rational to me that Dexter would downrate their #11 axle to 3,600 lbs. which is above the highest 3,500 lb. rating for their #10 axle. So far, so good.
You seem to be upset that Dexter will not downrate their #11 axle to 3,200 lbs, which is squarely within the range of their #10 axle. If I were Dexter, I would not do that either. Instead, I would think you should be happy with a #10 axle with 3,500 lbs components, including the larger #11 spindle, 6 bolts on 5-1/2' bolt circle diameter hub and 2" x 12" drum brakes you want, and derate the rubber in that axle to the 3,200 lb. rating you want. That should seem to solve your request.
I am confused by your seemingly wanting a #11 axle downrated to 3,200 lbs., clearly within the #10 axle range. I don't think anyone ever said they purchased such an axle from Dexter. Instead, I see people saying they bought a #11 axle downrated to within the 500 lb. gap between the 3,500 lb upper limt of the #10 and the 4,000 lb, lower limit of the #11. I imagine no one is responding to your request for a Dexter invoice number because no one ever ordered what you seem (to me at least) to be seeking.
From what I see, Dexter Engineering has provided you with the answer: a #10 axle with #11 spindles, 12 X 2" drum brakes and 6 on 5-1/2" hubs, all downrated to 3,200 lbs. for $70 more delivered in an extra 2 weeks. But you don't seem happy with their recommendation. I'm wondering why you don't take Dexter Engineering's advice?
I'm intersest in learning why because I'm also looking into buying a new rubber cushion axle this summer and am trying to understand your concerns. Thank you in advance for your anticipated reply.